Linfield vice president appointed to state board
Administered by the state, the plan is designed to help families save for their children’s or grandchildren’s college educations. Investors can withdraw funds for education expenses free from federal and state income tax.
It’s an important tool in helping make college affordable and thereby encourage students to continue their educations, said Ford, Linfield’s vice president for finance and administration.
“Statistics show that college graduates earn 74 percent more income than employees with only a high school diploma,” he said. “Over a lifetime career, the difference can add up to more than $800,000. That’s why this program is so important to families throughout Oregon.”
At Linfield, Ford oversees budgeting and planning, investment management and capital planning. He also oversees facilities, administrative affairs, human resources, information technology and campus safety and environmental health.
He was instrumental in the restoration of T.J. Day Hall and the development of the school’s new Strategic Plan.
In the community, Ford has served on the Willamette Valley Medical Center and McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce boards and the McMinnville Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee.
He serves as treasurer on the board of the Pioneer Educators Health Trust, chair of the underwriting committee of the board of the College Liability Insurance Company and member of the board of the West Coast College Consortium.